Aragats, formerly one of the largest volcanoes in the world, is the highest peak of Armenia (4,090m/13,419 ft), rising from rivers and plains around its base.
The mountain is more than just a physical presence, it’s also a divine symbol for Armenians. Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of Armenia who converted the country from paganism to Christianity in the 4th century, is believed to have been bathed in light from a holy lantern while praying there, a sign of eternal purity and vision.
Aragats is located about 40 km (25 mi) from the country´s capital Yerevan. It has four peaks and a large crater (with a depth of 400m and 3 km in diameter). The highest point is found on the northernmost peak (4,090m), the second is the western (3,995m), the eastern peak is in third place (3,908m), and the southern peak is fourth (3,887m).
Aragats volcano is the main concentration of water bodies in Armenia. There are several large lakes on its slopes. The most famous and perhaps one of the most picturesque of them is Lake Kari. The semi-desert, dry mountain grasslands and alpine zones follow each other up the slopes of Aragats. Rivers, flowing through beautiful gorges and valleys covered will low grasses, create small waterfalls in some places.
It is rare to see animals here, although, you may come across foxes and wolves, rodents, and rabbits. During very hot days, there are lots of reptiles (lizards, snakes), and occasionally turtles.
People come here to enjoy the scenery of Aragats, experience the alpine zone of the Mount, and to see the meadows decorated with colorful flowers, such as blue forget-me-nots, alpine violets, wild lilies, poppies, bellflowers, and many others.
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